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La Metamorphose (Metamorphoses)

Illustrated by Bernard Salomon (French, about 1508–about 1561), Author Ovid (43 B.C.–17 or 18 A.D.), Printer Jean de Tournes (French, 1504–1564)

Place of Publication: Lyons, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet IV, 287; Murray, French, 420; Mortimer, French, 403


Overall: 16.2 x 11.4 x 1.3 cm (6 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 178 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Lyons: Jean de Tournes, 1557) Octavo; 87 [of 92] leaves; modern limp vellum, red cloth slipcase.

Illustrations of scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, each surrounded by decorative border.

Lyons: Jean de Tournes, 1557


Inscription dated 3 May 1760 on recto of fol. m4; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (1898-1984), by whom given to MFA May 8, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of Philip Hofer, Esq.